Acts 435 Giving to anyone who has need

2 years ago today, the 12th July, the Archbishop of York launched Acts 435 as a national charity after a successful pilot in North Yorkshire. We celebrate today our growth and development over that time.

Since its beginning, ACTS 435 has helped over 1500 people, with over £60,000 going directly to those who need it most.

Across the country, Acts 435 is using the power of the internet and the generosity of the British people to tackle inequality and unfairness. The recent report issued by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Minimum Income Standards indicates how many people are struggling to survive on a minimum wage of just £6.08 an hour. A quarter of the UK are living below the minimum income standard - Acts 435 is needed more than ever!

The Archbishop of York, Patron of the Charity, said: “This year we set ourselves a target of meeting 800 requests nationwide by July, in order to chime in with York’s 800th anniversary of becoming a city. It was a very ambitious target, but we have surpassed all expectations and hit that target with a month to spare. With God at your side, anything is possible!”

“It is important Christians reach out to those in need in practical ways. I have been encouraged by the generosity people are showing in tough times – when we see unfairness we should strive for justice. Our sense of fair play and generosity is what makes Britain great.”

Acts 435 is ecumenical, with Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist and Independent Churches working alongside Anglican Churches.

See this video for a reminder of what it's all about and what we're achieving.